When Sebastian kept on and on about how wonderful Tolle is I stubbornly resisted him, perhaps itself an example of what Tolle calls the pain-body.  It means an addiction to sadness.  It says so much more than the social workers’ ‘low self-esteem’  (feminists on Loose Women bragging about their low self-esteem), because it catches the way we fondle and clutch and jealously guard our misery.   Perhaps even more common is a kind of  pain-body in reverse.  We brag and boast and  impose because inside there is a little child still hugging, as if for dear life, its low self-esteem, instead of  saying ‘hello world, here I am’. 


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